Marion Bloom (1891–1975) was H. L. Mencken's lover for much of the early twentieth century - eventually becoming close enough that they seriously considered marriage. They first met February 1914 when Bloom visited the office of Baltimore Sun. Mencken and Bloom ended their relationship in the early 1920s, though Bloom continued to admire Mencken. Their love letters were published in In Defense of Marion: The Love of Marion Bloom & H.L. Mencken in 1996 (ISBN 0820317675).